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Los Cuernos from Refugio Darwin.


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Yes! I will work for food and wine while on my travels, after a full day of trekking, it was great to come back to Refugio Darwin, to watch the sunset over Los Cuernos with a glass of wine, a beautiful finish to the end of my first day in Patagonia.

Refugio Darwin maybe a little further out that some of the places to stay in Patagonia but transfers to the base of each trek made it easy whatever time you choose to start your day, staff were very friendly and helpful, I even got a “Forza Silvia!” from Victor on my first trek, well that made me smile and think, “here goes!”

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After and early morning start and a last minute decision to visit Lago Grey on the way back, needless to say I needed something to warm me up, arriving back at Refugio Darwin, i asked for a cup of tea, not long after a spread was being set up, I thought ‘that’s nice”, well what I didn’t realise is they were setting up to take some photos, oops, It was only a bit of cheese while I waited for my tea, A little laughter and a voice said “wait” lol

I was then asked if I would take some images in exchange for dinner, well of course! dinner was great by the way! Nothing like a BBQ, I even got to try Pisco. I never did get that cup of tea….Although I was then offered what was on the table.

The bottle of wine as a gift was definitely a bonus, before dinner and during sunset, perfect.

A special thanks to both Nicole’s, Victor and other staff members during my stay, should i be back anytime soon, I know exactly where to stay.

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Los Cuernos, The Horns of Patagonia.


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My first and probably the easiest trek in Patagonia, Chile, Los Cuernos, An early morning start and about an 3 hours up and back with plenty of stops along the way to photograph and of course enjoy for myself, well easy if you forget the strong winds making you stop in your tracks until it passes, every so often wild winds picking up the water from the lakes, feeling like sharp pins thrown straight to my face, forget the tripod, that tipped over in the first 30 seconds, light rains and not a soul in sight, great time to sing out loud and enjoy the majestic mountain as we stood face to face, while it was spectacular and the clouds were low I didn’t get a complete clear view all the time, this was the day I was given, mysterious mood and a massive smile on my face…

Cerro San Cristóbal and Cerro Santa Lucia.


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Wow direct flights to Santiago, Chile!!!!

Cerro Santa Lucia.

An early morning walk, the streets were quiet and my journey had begun……………. Well worth climb to the top, the views were spectacular,  a lovely introduction to the city of Santiago and a little training for treks to follow.

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Spectacular Panoramic View of Santiago

Walk up for about 45 minutes or take the cable cart to the top, a great introduction to Santiago city, a bit foggy so the Andes were not as clear as I would have liked, i heard after the rain is the best time for better visibility, next time maybe?? FYI

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Llama at first site.

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What a great site after coming down the hill, super soft, super cute, the owner was saying it’s ok squeeze him tight, all i could hear in my mind was my eldest daughter saying, “careful he might spit on you”, nope he was just as sweet as can be, a great way to start my travels through South America.

Hip Hop, they got the Moves……


 

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Pre wedding shoot


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The ever so beautiful couple Ivan and Mel for their pre wedding shoot at Footscray Park. So lovely to see them again…their special day approaching fast.

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Pykes Creek Reserve


How’s the serenity!

An absolutely fantastic day with a low maintenance buddy, a JetSki lesson and lots of time and space to have a go.

Once I found my speed and rhythm off I went, a great reminder that all things are possible once to slow down and go with the flow, open heart and mind allowing to good things to come in their own time.

Ship Wrecked.


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Its great when your friend calls you up while you are sitting on a beach, first laughs at your tripod antis and then says “hey if you are where I think you are  you’re not to far from a very cool ship wreck”….. Hard to miss, it you find the light house near Carpenter Rocks, look to your left and there it is. A great day on a road trips with my daughters, definitely a day where everyone was happy doing our thing. Just a few shots or so and enjoyed the almost secluded beach all to ourselves.
Limestone Coast, South Australia, about half hour drive from Mount Gambia.

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Blue Lake, South Australia


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A 6 day road trip with my gorgeous gals, I really love our adventures, lots of chatting, singing, fun, laughter and sometimes silence…

A few days stop in Mount Gambia on the way up to Adelaide, the weather was perfect so we decided to head down to the coast leaving the main sites to later, although as we drove past we couldn’t help but stop, it really is blue, Colbalt Blue! I got up bright and early for a morning walk, up to the first tower with a great view before the tourists came along, it’s alway nice to arrive into quiet beauty. Lake is blue between November and March, although best to check info online before you go.

City of Melton Christmas Festival


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What a great afternoon photographing for the City of Melton Christmas festival, Fantastic entertain, free photo and print with Santa and fun for all including me, they really did put on  a fabulous event, lots of smiles, laughter and dancing, singing and jumping from The Mexican Music Man to the Mayor of Melton dancing with the children on stage, it was and absolute honour , I even had my photo taken with Santa, sang a tune with my new Mexican friend, a great way to finish 2017! A wonderful Christmas Spirit.

Gossip


Gossip_Silvia Tomarchio Photography_Fine ArtHere’s a piece that I started late last year but never quiet finished, it had been a week of people sharing their story, hurts and pain which stirred emotions within myself………..lets face it, most of us have been in this position of cruel words and lies. So my go to hide and express place and create images of feelings that I can’t say in words for the most part. At first I was quite upset and a little angry for myself and others, but as I put the images together I realised most of us would at one time or another been one of these characters, my heart began to soften and clarity showed up, no one is perfect, and most times cruelty comes from a place of ones own pain. Words hurt and words can heal, wouldn’t it be so much better if the ego was dropped? remembered our worth and not giving power to the truths based on other’s lack of true understanding of you? isn’t that saying that their opinion is more valuable than our own? If mistakes are made it’s the better person that can truly say they are sorry. I hope and pray that 2018 brings humility, kindness and love for all, sometimes you just need to walk away and be the best version of yourself. Don’t be harsh on yourself on the truths of others, most of the time they don’t actually know you at all. Be kind to others, be kind to yourself. How would you feel if this was done to someone you love?

You can’t control what others say about you but you can let it go if it’s not true.

Don’t get mad, get creative 😉

Gossip dies when it hits a wise person’s ears.

~ Unknown

 

Thanks to the lovely peeps who modelled for me without knowing the story.